About Peter

Peter Kageyama is the author of For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places and the follow up, Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places.

Planetizen recognized For the Love of Cities as a Top 10 Book in 2012 in urban planning, design and development.  He is the former President of Creative Tampa Bay, a grassroots community change organization and the co-founder of the Creative Cities Summit, an interdisciplinary conference that brings citizens and practitioners together around the big idea of ‘the city.’


Peter is a Senior Fellow with the Alliance for Innovation, a national network of city leaders that is dedicated to improving the practice of local government.   Since speaking to them in 2013, Peter has become a special advisor to America In Bloom.  He is an internationally sought-after community development consultant and grassroots engagement strategist who speaks all over the world about bottom-up community development and the amazing people who are making change happen.

Fun Facts


Originally from Akron, Ohio, he went to The Ohio State University and got a BA in Political Science, though he spent more time in the Dance Department.


Played bass guitar in a decent alt rock band with his future business partner Ken Walker.


Attended law school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and practiced law for two years.  Didn’t take and now refers to himself as “a recovering attorney.”


Peter loves board games.  Ask him if he wants to play something!


An avid fantasy lover, Peter can tell you all about The Lord of the Rings.


A proud doggie parent to two rambunctious dogs, Buffy and Finny.